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May has become Teixeira's time to heat up

May has become Teixeira's time to heat up

NEW YORK -- April is now complete, and for the second straight year, Mark Teixeira struggled mightily throughout the month.

Teixeira finished April batting .136 with just two home runs, after hitting .200 with three homers last April.

As soon as last year's calendar flipped, however, Teixeira reversed course to hit .330 with 13 home runs in May. The Yankees are hoping for something similar this season.

"He's hit some balls hard," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's definitely starting to impact the baseball better. He's not where he's going to end up, I can tell you that. He's going to get better and better as time goes on here. But he's one of those guys that's fighting through a tough start."

Though Teixeira is still producing to an extent, walking 17 times -- including twice Friday -- and playing strong defense, the Yankees need him to hit. And hit for power.

"He's lined out some," Girardi said. "He's hit some really hard ground balls. To me, he's starting to impact the baseball, and that means we're going in the right direction."

Teixeira singled in his first two at-bats, driving in a run, and finished 2-for-4 on Saturday.

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